The Fall Guy…

Anyone with an interest in the cinema of the last fifty years would no doubt be intrigued to discover what a significant, yet virtually anonymous role one Victor Armstrong has played in some of the most popular films. From humble beginnings showing a natural talent for wrangling horses to doubling for most ‘A’ list action men in the ’80’s and beyond, stuntman extraordinaire Vic’s legacy is ongoing and continues to dazzle audiences the world over. Casually written with no heirs or graces, Vic’s memoir is an unpretentious portrait of the man, straight-talking with a sheer love for his craft. His insights are candid and some of the events (some tinged with tragedy) are never less than compelling. No surprise then, that Vic should be a notable part of the Superman Movie franchise and devotes a chapter to his experiences, from wires snapping on flying rigs to arguments with a star determined to do his own stunts…

Vic made a rare public appearance at this years Memorabilia show in Birmingham only a few weeks ago and it was my intention to attend and get my copy of his book signed – sadly I missed my opportunity to meet him so thank god for my good friend Greg who obtained his autograph for me in a great pic of Vic during filming of Superman: The Movie

From the top, Vic’s auto pic, the book, and screengrabs taken from the Superman DVD documentaries showing Vic in action…

2 thoughts on “The Fall Guy…

  1. I reviewed the book for film monthly.com. However, in the section noting Armstrong’s work on Superman II he mentions Non as being who Superman was battling atop that car when I am positive it was Zod.

    • Hi Robert –

      Spot-on info again – It was indeed Zod atop the car. This book is now available for an absolute steal for Four Pounds in ‘The Works’ Bookshops in the UK…

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